Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle on Ben Simmons: “He’s way better than expected”

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Ben Simmons had a monster night in Dallas Saturday — 23 points on 15 shots, plus eight assists and seven rebounds. The Mavericks’ defenders simply could not stay in front of him, and Simmons was 9-of-12 shooting in the paint on the night.

Needless to say, the rookie impressed Dallas coach Rick Carlisle.

Simmons has impressed a lot of people this season, averaging 17.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 7.3 rebounds a game through six games this season. He’s been solid on the pick-and-roll, but destroying people both in transition and in isolation. As his jumper develops (he’s shooting 38.9 percent on jumpers so far) he will become next to impossible to guard.